EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Patriots will never say how badly he's hurt -- they'll barely admit that he's even hurt -- but sources told CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran that cornerback Devin McCourty suffered a separated shoulder when he was run into by teammate Sterling Moore in the second quarter while breaking up a pass intended for Plaxico Burress.
McCourty missed the rest of the game, and will probably be sidelined indefinitely. Curran said the degree of separation, which will determine how long McCourty will be out, probably won't be known for a day or two.
"Not great news," Curran told Michael Felger on 'Sports Sunday', "because you don't want to run Antwaun Molden out there every week as your shutdown guy at cornerback."
What good news there is for the Pats: Next week's opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, may be without starting quarterback Matt Cassel (who was injured in the team's loss to Denver), which could reduce the pressure on the team's depleted secondary.
When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit.
Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer.
Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth.
"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."
Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter.
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